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by Seth Merrow

Saratoga Race Course
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Meet Total ... 13-40

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6-11. Winners in the 2nd [$3.60], 3rd [$9.70], 7th [$8.00], 8th [$7.60], 9th [$3.90], 10th [$7.50].

Last year we never really put together a 'breakout' day -- so it was nice to rally into a big afternoon on Day Four of the meet this year. Besides the winners on top listed above the selections also produced some more fun. Cold exactas in the 2nd [$9.80/$2] and 3rd [$21.00]. Also a cold exacta and tri in the 10th, the featured G2 Jim Dandy [$28.20, $46.40].

The top pick combined with others underneath proved successful. In the 8th it was top pick over fourth over third selections for exacta [$60.00] and tri [$287.00]. Same scenario in the 9th [$30.40, $88.50].

Mixing up the picks also produced a few other gimmicks and, of course, with winners on top ion consecutive races there were some rolling double and P3's that paid off.

33,954 turned out on a picture-perfect afternoon. We lost one -- the 2nd -- turf race. Otherwise a solid card highlighted by Eclipse champ Forever Together getting up late to take the G1 Diana and Kensei winning the G2 Jim Dandy for Curlin/Rachel Alexandra's connections. A little winner's circle intrigue after the Jim Dandy as jocks Desormeaux and Garcia exchanged some words as they weighed out after experiencing some traffic during the race.

With the nice weather the post-race watering holes were all crowded. Jock Robby Albarado was spotted at Siro's while Javier Castellano was in suit and tie enjoying some off-time at Cantina downtown. Also downtown, the main street was packed with folks having fun at the Hat's Off Festival. The music was good and the superb weather carried over from the afternoon making it more pleasant than Friday night's music fest.


The annual hat giveaway -- ballcaps are free with paid admissions while supplies last.

Dynaslew...Mott runner threw in a clunker on a 'yielding' course last time -- that's a concern. But we think he'll rebound to the prior good effort with a move to more appropriate company.
Strike the Bell...Seems to have come to hand in last couple.
Miss Catalyst...Another where the light bulb seems to have turned on over the last few.
Americas Dreaming.
On dirt: Strike the Bell, Quiet Mover, McVictory, Lisa B.

Grassy...First two have seemed to show plenty of promise.
So It Goes...Will be rolling late.
Kutais...Solid since returning to turf.
Western Influence.
On dirt: Mr Again, Kutais, So It Goes, Pop Panebianco.

Mythical Yarn...Back quickly after the pre-race scratch on opening day [prompted when she was spooked by a piece of paper blowing by]. Promising debut behind a next-out winner. Tough if able to repeat or improve.
Grace's Valentine...Improving Beyers. Third start off layoff. Positive jock switch. It all adds up.
Love for a Price...Typically gets a piece on the grass.
Caterina's Terms.
On dirt: Synchronicty, Dear Marylou, Love for a Price, Playful Majesty.

Intercoastal...First off the claim was disappointing -- but we'll give him another chance going out for a proficient sprint trainer and owners that like to spot to win.
Golden Guska...Both turf starts have been good.
Persian...Turf sprinting is something of a specialty and this guy has some experience in that area.
Awesome Actor.
On dirt: Awesome Actor, Persian, Intercoastal, We All Hope.

Magic Appeal...Successful Appeal is a win-early sire and this gal should benefit from the first start education.
Chimayo...Sire AP Indy is obviously all quality. The dam was a stakes winner of over $250K. The Darley connections paid an eye-popping $3.1mil for this filly. could be any kind.
Sing My Song...Could go well first time.
JZs Revenge.

Al's Deputy...Nice debut to build off of.
Star of New York...Just behind top pick last time.
Jac Roxs...A little bit of breeding and some decent works.
Ian Kicks.
Structural Change.

SEVENTH RACE - Fourstardave G2 $150K
Cowboy Cal...Could be interesting if he's able to get a spot just off the early pace and make first run.
Justenuffhumor...For crafty connections that can have them ready for their first stakes assignment.
Kip Deville...$3mil earner is clearly the one to beat -- but there is enough speed in here to insure early pressure and the last couple give us some pause.
Mambo Meister.
On dirt: Mambo Meister, Papa Bear, Cowboy Cal, Cosmonaut.

EIGHTH RACE - Curlin $78K
Blame...Could be interesting stretching out after two one-turn races.
American Dance...Should fit with this bunch.
Gone Astray...Should be heard from in the lane.

NINTH RACE - Go for Wand G1 $300K
Miss Isella...She seems like an improved 4YO and she'll be tough if able to hold form shown this spring.
Seventh Street/Cocoa Belle...Both are clearly talented enough to get it done here.
Spritely...Has missed a triple finish only once in twelve race career.

Properlyintroduced...Hmmm. The debut is the kind that makes us think he's good and a repeat or improvement puts him right there. BUT, that first race was an off-the-turf event and we wonder why he was entered for grass (although we also wonder if he was an MTO -- information that should be available in the PPs as we suggested earlier this year.
Rebellious Chic...Some precocious breeding and OK works.
By the Sky...Ok on the turf and making third start of season.
Roaring Ghost.

If we are interested in both halves of an entry -- in event of a scratch -- it is noted that way [in other words, both halves are named]. If only one-half of the entry is named, then we prefer that half and will move to our next pick listed [rather than the other half of the entry] in event of a scratch.

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